Leslie Eva Tayloe was born in Huntington, New York. She is the middle child of Selma Aweeka and Hinton Lee Tayloe. Her grandfather immigrated from Syria at 4 years old, her grandmother is Portuguese, and her ancestors on her dad’s side are from England.
Leslie’s passion for writing began at an early age. Her family moved to a different state every couple of years because of her father’s job, so she kept in contact with family and friends through letter writing. She also wrote in a diary. Leslie continues to enjoy putting pen to paper.
Leslie holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Nevada, and a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management from the University of Maryland. She retired from the federal government and then worked as a substitute teacher for elementary school-age children. With free time on her hands, Leslie became serious about writing children’s books. She found out quickly that after all those years of learning how to write in school and writing government reports, she would again have to learn how to write— but this time, for children.
Leslie is a member of SCBWI and CBI/WriteForKids, and participates in the 12X12 Picture Book Challenge. She writes full time, regularly enrolls in classes, and works with four critique groups.
Leslie lives with her partner, Michael on a farm in Virginia with their two cats, O’mally and BooBoo, and a dog named Frankie. Their combined family includes four adult children and three grandchildren.